I have a ton of stuff to do today to get ready for flying out to the East Coast tomorrow. I'm going to let you in on random thoughts rolling around in my 'haid' this morning. Ready?
I'm sick. I have decorating ADD. I wish I could just finish a room in our house and be happy, but I am constantly thinking of ways to change things and I have a million different ideas for one room. It's actually kind of annoying. I'd love to have our home "complete" and not think about changing it all the time. Maybe it's because we are in a temporary (2-3 years) living situation and I don't feel like I can make anything permanent? Oooh, I don't know. Do you struggle with this problem?
Books. I'm headed out to Borders today to buy a great, fabulous book for my travel. I asked this on Facebook and got a great list from my friends but I thought I'd put the same question out here. Lay it on me, what's your favorite recent read? I need something engaging that I can get lost in during my 20 hour travel day. (I'm thinking I'm going to buy the Hunger Games. Have you read this series?)
Art. I'm getting closer to opening my Etsy shop, guys. Since I'm going away for several weeks, I wasn't able to open it up this week, but look for some news coming around the first week of September. And get your Paypal accounts ready--I'll be super sad if I don't make any sales! ;)
Laundry. I always do this before a trip. I do all my laundry days ahead of time. Then I wear my favorite underwear that week and end up having to do another load of laundry right before I leave. You'd think I'd learn and either just do the laundry the day before I leave, or go commando all week. Just kidding!!! I'd NEVER do that! ;)
Ok, amigos. Let's see if I can knock out my to-do list today. Ready, set, go!
I'm headed home to Maryland this weekend! Chris will be meeting me in Rhode Island (where he'll be at a school for three weeks) next week but we thought I should take advantage of an empty week and spend it with the fam. Here are some things I am bouncing - off- my- lime -green- couch excited about:
Steamed Maryland Blue Crabs. Nothing says home like a heap of these guys, a vat bowl of melted butter and a cold beer. YUM!
Nieces and nephews galore! This is only half of the brood. I know they've gotten so big in the last year and I can't wait to squeeze and kiss on each one of them!
This view. Oh, I love this view. Chris' parent's live on the river and if a crab feast says home, then a crab feast on the deck overlooking this river says heaven to me.
Chick-fil-a!! You know my love for the plump, juicy 'Chiken' sandwiches. Oh, and the waffle fries!! And the sauces! And the sweet tea!!
I can't wait to meet this beauty. Sofia Lindsay is our newest niece and my namesake, at that.
More food. Pad Thai at Nano. Chris and I ate pad thai all across the country, trying to find the best one. None compared to the steaming plate of succulent noodles at this sushi bar/Thai restaurant in downtown Annapolis.
I'm not so excited about the almost 24 hour travel day by myself. Yuck.
And if you didn't win, don't be sad, friends. Pop on over to Sew Much Detail anyway. Her prices are incredibly reasonable and the selection is phenomenal. Thanks again Sandee for helping to host such a fun first giveaway for Aisle to Aloha!
Thanks for playing, everyone! I had fun reading about your favorite road trips! If you want to read (and watch some video!) about my favorite road trip adventures, I invite you to experience a hailstorm in June, check out the last leg of our Grand Canyon 'experiment' (written by hubby!) or watch as we tempted fate with a rattlesnake.
... the prospect of an empty, waiting to be filled weekend is really depressing when Chris is gone.
I'm missing him alot this morning. Zero communication doesn't help and neither does being across the globe from my fam. God has certainly provided friends here in Hawaii, but nothing compares to having Chris next to me.
In other news...
...warm banana bread with crumbly Streusel topping and cream cheese is da bomb...
... I have several half-finished projects around the house and I'm *hoping* to share them with you next week.
... I hope Chris doesn't mind that I have a friend staying in our guest room while he's gone.
Aaannd, this is my last chance to remind you to enter the Sew Much Detail giveaway this weekend! I'll be announcing the winner on Monday (so you have until about 5am Eastern time to enter).
You know the feeling. You're about to walk out the door. Sunglasses, check. Wallet, check. Fully dressed, check. Keys... keys? And then you spend 5 minutes rooting around in the black hole at the bottom of your purse for your keys. No fun.
That was me for months and it was so annoying to hunt down that little bundle of keys. As I was browsing Etsy one day, I found the solution in SewMuchDetail.
Sandee is the owner of this fabulous shop that sells beautiful, bright and funky Keylettes™, lanyards and coasters. They are all sewn from fabrics like Heather Bailey, Amy Butler, Michael Miller. Here are some of my favorite Keylettes™.
Here's my very own Keylette™. I can't miss it's pops of orange, yellow, pink and green in my purse and it's great for slipping around my wrist when my hands are full.
Don't you just love them?? Sandee has graciously offered for one winner to choose a Keylette™ from her shop. Wanna know how to win?
1. To win, you must be a follower of AisletoAloha. **Click on the Follow button on the right to become a follower** Leave a comment on this post. I want to hear all about the best roadtrip you've ever taken, or a dream road trip!
2. If you blog about the giveaway, come back and leave a second comment/entry.
3. And if you tweet about it, leave another comment/entry. (And don't forget to follow me!)
So, you can potentially enter up to three times. I'll announce the winner (using random.org) Monday, July 19th.